Ask the Consul – Criteria for visa application without interview for minors

While the Embassy remains closed for routine visa services, the Consular Section has expanded the criteria for nonimmigrant interview waiver eligible cases to include first time minor applicants.   How do minors qualify for interview waiver?  To be eligible for the interview waiver, children who are 13 years old or younger must: Have been born in …

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Ask the Consul – Limited U.S. Citizen Passport, CRBA, and Notarial Services available

Please note the Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa units remain closed for all routine visa services. The American Citizen Services Unit is currently providing limited in-person services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Passports:  Adult passport renewal applications may now be submitted by mail through DOMEX with full instructions on our Renew by Mail Page .   Replacement emergency passports can also …

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Ask the Consul – Nonimmigrant Visa fee validity

The U.S. Mission to Santo Domingo understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment.  The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time.  We remain closed for all routine visa services, …

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Ask the Consul – Voting with paper ballots in the 2020 U.S. elections

All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically.  Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download.   Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to return …

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Ask the Consul – Town Hall for American Citizen Services with Consul General Bill Swaney

All U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic are invited to participate in a virtual Town Hall live chat with U.S. Consul General William Swaney on Wednesday, September 16th at 3:00 p.m.  Join us through this link: statedept.zoomgov.com/j/1617800690 Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo has continued to support thousands of …

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Ask the Consul – Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States (CRBA)

A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if certain requirements are met under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States (CRBA) documents that the child is a U.S. citizen. The first step to …

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Ask the Consul – How do I qualify to renew my nonimmigrant visa without an interview?

While the Embassy remains closed for routine visa services, the U.S. Department of State has expanded the criteria for interview waiver eligible cases.  The visa interview requirement is now waived for applicants who were previously issued a non-immigrant visa in the same classification within 24 months of that visa’s expiration from now through December 31, …

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Voting Message 

All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically.  Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download.  Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to return …

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Ask the Consul – Regional Federal Benefits Unit (FBU)

The Regional Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) at Embassy Santo Domingo provides various services to U.S. citizens abroad. FBU assists U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who have inquiries about or receive benefits from the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Personnel Management, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The team located at the American …

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Ask the Consul – U.S. Passport Renewal by Mail

The American Citizen Services unit at Embassy Santo Domingo will begin accepting U.S. ten-year passport renewal applications for eligible adults starting August 10.  You may renew your passport by mail if your ten-year passport is undamaged, issued when you were 16 years of age of older, issued within the last 15 years, and issued in …

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Ask the Consul – Hurricane Preparedness and STEP Registration

Hurricane Season in the Atlantic runs through November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center expects the 2020 season to be above average.  As we have entered peak hurricane season, we believe you must be prepared in case a disaster occurs or you have an emergency.  For the Embassy of the …

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Ask the Consul – Voting from abroad

Celebrate democracy by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (July 20, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 53,956 confirmed cases of …

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Ask the Consul – Presidential proclamation extended

On June 22, the President signed a Proclamation which extends the previous Presidential Proclamation 10014 and suspends the entry of certain international visitors to the United States through December 31, 2020.  This proclamation applies to visa applicants who are (a) outside the United States on June 24, 2020; (b) do not have a nonimmigrant visa that is valid on …

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Ask the Consul – When will the Embassy open for routine services?

The U.S. Embassy remains closed for all routine services, since to determine our opening we follow, not only local country regulations, but also recommendations from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and directly from the State Department. We do not have a specific date to open, but please continue visiting our official website …

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Ask the Consul – Emergency appointments for US citizens

The American Citizen Services unit at Embassy Santo Domingo is currently only providing emergency services to American citizens in the Dominican Republic.  If you are in need of a passport, please note that we are only processing emergency passport applications. In order to obtain this service, you must have an emergency need to travel. If …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Locations: Cities and towns throughout the Dominican Republic Event:  Election Security Precaution The Dominican Republic will hold federal elections on Sunday, July 5, 2020.   This could result in large crowds and/or protests, particularly near voting locations, and may disrupt traffic. Actions to Take: Avoid crowds and demonstrations. Monitor local media for updates. General Guidance: Notify friends and family …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (July 2, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19.   The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 34,197 confirmed cases of …

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July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete …

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Ask the Consul – Legal Permanent Residents in the Dominican Republic

The Government of the Dominican Republic has allowed U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to leave the Dominican Republic on ferry flights to the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic. Lawful permanent residents (LPR) who stay outside of the United States for more than one year, or shorter trips where it is believed they …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (June 22, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 27,370 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (June 16, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 23,271 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and …

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Ask the Consul – Who Should I Contact at the U.S. Embassy to Ask About Consular Services?

The consular section is still closed for routine services and we have not yet determined when we will resume normal operations.  We are receiving many inquiries daily and many people are unsure of who to contact with their questions and issues.  Before reaching out, please visit both the VAC website: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/do_es/index.html and our website: https://do.usembassy.gov/es/ for the …

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Visa Application Center (VAC) processing Interview Waiver Cases Starting June 15

As of June 15, the Visa Application Center (VAC) will start processing nonimmigrant visa applications for eligible interview waiver cases only. The VAC and the Embassy are still closed for all routine cases that require interviews. To determine your eligibility for an interview waiver nonimmigrant visa and schedule an appointment please see: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/do/ What is a …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (June 8, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 20,126 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 539 …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (June 1, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 17,572 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 502 …

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Consular Locally Engaged Staff Dedicated to Servicing American Citizens During Crisis

By: Mery Arcila Our highest priority abroad is to protect the lives and interests of U.S. citizens overseas, especially during times of crisis. Our consular officers and local staff serve American citizens during their most important moments – births, deaths, disasters, arrests, and all kinds of emergencies. They are usually the first to respond to …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (May 18, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 12,725 confirmed cases of …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (May 15, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 11,739 confirmed …

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How the U.S. helps its citizens abroad during a crisis

By: Mery Arcila During the COVID-19 crisis, our priority is to keep you informed. We advise U.S. citizens who live abroad to arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. In a time of crisis, we understand making decisions and knowing the steps to …

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Frequently Asked Questions on the Presidential Proclamation

By: Jade Holmes On April 22, 2020, the President issued a Presidential Proclamation suspending and limiting the entry of certain immigrants into the United States and many people have questions about how this affects them. The President’s limitation on entry applies to visa applicants who: (a) are outside the United States on April 23, 2020; (b) do …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (May 1, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: Masks are required in all public spaces in …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 13, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return home or be prepared …

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U.S. Embassy will temporarily offer limited Consular Services

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:  As of Monday March 16, the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo is cancelling routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may …

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Information on Traveling to the US by Car Ferry

Vehicle must be in traveler’s name and with no pending loans. Car registration. Car insurance. International insurance is needed, the cost is $60.00 approx. (this includes the $10.00 importation fee).  If traveling via Ferry, the Ferry booking personnel completes all the required paperwork.  While in Puerto Rico the government of PRPD located at the Ferry …

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Ask the Consul – Adding Derivatives or FTJs

Did you know? You can add a “derivative” to your immigrant visa petition just by accessing your CEAC application! You will need all of their information, including first and last name, method of contact, and relationship to the principal applicant. Keep in mind that a derivative can be either a spouse or a child younger …

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Tu Solicitud, Tu Visa, Tu Responsabilidad (Your application, Your Visa, Your Responsibility)

Tu Solicitud, Tu Visa, Tu Responsabilidad (Your application, Your Visa, Your Responsibility) is a campaign of the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo. Its main purpose is to educate and raise public awareness about the correct and legal way to obtain immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. The Fraud Prevention Unit shares the following articles and cápsulas …

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Ask the Consul – Passport Pickup

Once your immigrant visa has been approved, it is easy to pick up your passport! When you first started the immigrant interview process you created a profile at www.ustraveldocs.com . There you chose one of two passport delivery methods: (1) pick-up at a Mailboxes Etc. location free of charge; or (2) premium delivery to your home …

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Ask the Consul – I am LGBTI.  Can I apply for a visa with my partner?

There is no discrimination in visa applications on the basis of race, gender, color, religion or sexual orientation.  Every applicant, regardless of sexual orientation, must demonstrate they qualify for the visa and are going to use it in the correct manner.  However, certain visas classes do require a legal marriage to demonstrate a qualifying relationship …

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U.S. Embassy Will Be Closed For Normal Business on December 5, 2018

In honor of the life and memory of former President George H.W. Bush the federal government of the United States of America, including the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, will be closed for normal business on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018. Emergency services for U.S. citizens, including emergency passport service for immediate travel, will be available. …

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Restriction on Travel to Haiti for USG Personnel

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic November 9, 2018 Event: Restriction on Travel to Haiti for USG Personnel U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince has announced it is restricting the routine travel of U.S. Government personnel to a 15 mile radius around the capital due to security concerns. Accordingly, U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo now …

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Your Vote Counts! Register to Vote From Overseas in the 2018 Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2018 U.S. elections: Request Your Ballot: Complete a new  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) .   The  FPCA is …

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: What to expect at the VAC visit

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a non-immigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , and how to use www.ustraveldocs.com to create a profile, make a payment and schedule your appointment. By following the prompts online, you’ll be informed whether you need to make an …

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Ask the Consul – Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

Many residents of Santo Domingo know where the United States Embassy is, and where to apply for a visa.  But have you heard of the Visa Application Center (the “VAC”)?  All applicants for Immigrant Visas must first visit the VAC prior to their interviews at the embassy.  The VAC is located in Galleria 360 mall …

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Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section receives many questions related to visas . One of the most common questions received is: How can I become a legal permanent resident of the United States?  An immigrant visa, or green card as it is known, allows you to reside permanently in the United States. To obtain an immigrant visa a person is typically …

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Ask the Consul – Protect yourself

The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo wants visa applicants to protect themselves from becoming victims of visa fraud. Our “Ten cuida’o con ese Maco” campaign helps applicants to identify the macos – dishonest lawyers, travel agents, and fixers – and to understand the consequences of immigration fraud. Each year, millions of people obtain a …

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Ask the Consul – What to do after you have your IV Appointment Letter?

Congratulations on reaching this stage in the process where you are invited to prepare your Immigrant Visa (IV) application package and come to the U.S. Embassy for your visa interview. This column will provide answers to many questions you may now have. It is important that you understand the requirements for each part of the …

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Ask the Consul – Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The …

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Ask the Consul – Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

Many residents of Santo Domingo know where the United States Embassy is, and where to apply for a visa.  But have you heard of the Visa Application Center (the “VAC”)?  All applicants for Immigrant Visas must first visit the VAC prior to their interviews at the embassy.  The VAC is located in Galleria 360 mall …

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: What to do during the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application, schedule your appointment, and prepare for your visits to the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the Embassy. Now we will discuss what to expect the day of your interview. On the day of your interview, you should arrive at …

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: Preparing for the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , how to use www.ustraveldocs.com /do to create a profile and schedule your appointment, and how to prepare for your visit to the Visa Application Center (VAC). The next step will …

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The …

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Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section receives many questions related to visas. One of the most common questions received is: How can I become a legal permanent resident of the United States?  An immigrant visa, or green card as it is known, allows you to reside permanently in the United States. To obtain an immigrant visa …

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Why do I have to visit the VAC at Galerias 360 before my interview?

Most visa applicants visit the Visa Application Center (Centro de Atención de Visas) or “VAC” in Galerías 360 before their Embassy appointment, or before leaving their visa for renewal to complete the fingerprint collection portion of the visa application process.  Applicants make an appointment at the VAC from their profile on www.ustraveldocs.com/do, after completing the …

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: What to do during the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application, schedule your appointment, and prepare for your visits to the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the Embassy. Now we will discuss what to expect the day of your interview. On the day of your interview, you should arrive at …

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Ask the Consul – Protect yourself

The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo wants visa applicants to protect themselves from becoming victims of visa fraud. Our “Ten cuida’o con ese Maco” campaign helps applicants to identify the macos – dishonest lawyers, travel agents, and fixers – and to understand the consequences of immigration fraud. Each year, millions of people obtain a …

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Ask the Consul – What to do after you have your IV Appointment Letter?

Congratulations on reaching this stage in the process where you are invited to prepare your Immigrant Visa (IV) application package and come to the U.S. Embassy for your visa interview. This column will provide answers to many questions you may now have. It is important that you understand the requirements for each part of the …

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: What to expect at the VAC visit

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a non-immigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , and how to use www.ustraveldocs.com to create a profile, make a payment and schedule your appointment. By following the prompts online, you’ll be informed whether you need to make an …

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: Preparing for the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at  do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160) at  https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , how to use  www.ustraveldocs.com/do  to create a profile and schedule your appointment, and how to prepare for your visit to the Visa Application Center (VAC). The next step will be …

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The …

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Ask the Consul – Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

Many residents of Santo Domingo know where the United States Embassy is, and where to apply for a visa.  But have you heard of the Visa Application Center (the “VAC”)?  All applicants for Immigrant Visas must first visit the VAC prior to their interviews at the embassy.  The VAC is located in Galleria 360 mall …

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Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section receives many questions related to visas. One of the most common questions received is: How can I become a legal permanent resident of the United States?  An immigrant visa, or green card as it is known, allows you to reside permanently in the United States. To obtain an immigrant visa …

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U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Resumes Consular Operations

The U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo will resume all normal Consular and USCIS operations on Friday, November 17. Any individuals whose Consular or USCIS appointment was impacted on Thursday, November 16 will be contacted to reschedule their appointment. For emergency rescheduling of your appointment, please contact santodomingovisas@state.gov .  

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U.S. Embassy Temporarily Suspends Consular Operations

As a precautionary measure, the U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo has temporarily suspended all consular operations as of 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 16 due to the detection of an unknown substance in the Consular section. The U.S. Embassy is in contact with Dominican authorities and is evaluating the substance. Any individuals who miss Consular or …

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Ask the Consul – Why do I have to visit the VAC at Galeria 360 before my interview?

Most visa applicants visit the Visa Application Center (Centro de Atención de Visas) or “VAC” in Galerías 360 before their Embassy appointment, or before leaving their visa for renewal to complete the fingerprint collection portion of the visa application process.  Applicants make an appointment at the VAC from their profile on www.ustraveldocs.com/do, after completing the …

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Ask the Consul – Do you get Social Security benefits?

Every year, during the month of July, the Social Security Administration contacts those beneficiaries that have an address in the Dominican Republic by traditional mail for the purpose of verifying and updating their records in the system. Form SSA-7161 and/or SSA-7162 are mailed from the Social Security office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The form must be …

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U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Changes Visa Process for Families with Children under 14

he U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo has discontinued the “Interview Waiver Program,” known as the “drop box,” and will require parents who wish to travel to the United States for vacation with their children (under the age of 14) to appear for an interview in representation of their children.

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: What to expect at the VAC visit

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a non-immigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , and how to use www.ustraveldocs.com/do to create a profile, make a payment and schedule your appointment. By following the prompts online, you’ll be informed whether you need to make an …

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U.S. Embassy Returns to Normal Operations on Friday

Santo Domingo, DN – The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will return to normal operations on Friday, September 22, 2017, after closing for routine consular services on September 21, 2017 due to weather conditions caused by Hurricane Maria. Previously scheduled consular services, and all other services offered by the Embassy, will be carried out normally. …

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U.S. Embassy Will Be Closed for Routine Consular Services on Thursday

Santo Domingo, DN – For the safety and security of our staff and visitors during weather conditions due to Hurricane Maria, the U.S. Embassy Consular Section in  Santo Domingo will be closed for routine consular (nonimmigrant, immigrant, and non-emergency American citizen) services on September 21, 2017.  Those with scheduled appointments for September 21, 2017 will be …

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: Preparing for the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at  do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160) at  https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , how to use  www.ustraveldocs.com/do  to create a profile and schedule your appointment, and how to prepare for your visit to the Visa Application Center (VAC). The next step will be …

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U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo Reschedules Nonimmigrant Visa Interviews

Santo Domingo, D.N.- The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo extends its condolences to all those who lost loved ones and to the communities affected by the Hurricane Irma. Our embassies in The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Barbados – as well as the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao – are open.  However, as many staff …

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Ask the Consul – Nonimmigrant Visa: Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The three sections below explain in more detail what each decision means for …

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Ask the Consul – Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

Many residents of Santo Domingo know where the United States Embassy is, and where to apply for a visa.  But have you heard of the Visa Application Center (the “VAC”)?  All applicants for Immigrant Visas must first visit the VAC prior to their interviews at the embassy.  The VAC is located in Galleria 360 mall …

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Ask the Consul – Why do I have to visit the VAC at Galeria 360 before my interview?

Most visa applicants visit the Visa Application Center (Centro de Atención de Visas) or “VAC” in Galería 360 before their Embassy appointment, or before leaving their visa for renewal to complete the fingerprint collection portion of the visa application process.  Applicants make an appointment at the VAC from their profile on www.ustraveldocs.com/do , after completing the …

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: What to do during the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application, schedule your appointment, and prepare for your visits to the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the Embassy. Now we will discuss what to expect the day of your interview. On the day of your interview, you should arrive at …

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: Myths & Misinformation

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed the steps to apply for a nonimmigrant visa.  Now, we will discuss some common myths regarding the visa process in order to dispel any misinformation and misconceptions that may exist. Myth 1: It is necessary to have a certain amount of money to receive a visa …

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Ask the Consul – Myths and Misconceptions

The interview in the Consular section is very important because it allows the applicant to discuss his/her case with the consular officer for the first time since the petitioner filed the petition with the United Sates Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). First, however, there are some myths and misconceptions about the consular interview that need …

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Ask the Consul – My Immigrant Visa was Approved… Now What?

If your immigrant visa has been approved, first of all, a heartfelt congratulations!  You and your family have navigated a long and complicated path, and you as an applicant are finally in the last steps of moving to the United States.  The question remains, however, now what do you need to do? First – Check …

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Ask the Consul – What to expect the day of the immigrant visa consular interview

On the day of the interview, applicants should arrive fifteen minutes before their scheduled time to avoid any unnecessary waiting. Our embassy works to process cases as quickly as possible but due to the number of applicants interviewed daily, some families may have to wait for longer periods of time. There are snacks and beverages …

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Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section receives many questions related to visas. One of the most common questions received is: How can I become a legal permanent resident of the United States?  An immigrant visa, or green card as it is known, allows you to reside permanently in the United States. To obtain an immigrant visa …

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Amendment Executive Order 13597: Rescinds Minimum Wait Times

This applies to minimum wait times to schedule non-immigrant visa interviews On June 21, 2017 President Trump signed an Executive Order rescinding a provision of Executive Order 13597, which directed the Department to ensure that 80 percent of nonimmigrant visa applicants were interviewed within three weeks of submitting an application, except where dictated otherwise by …

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Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

Many residents of Santo Domingo know where the United States Embassy is, and where to apply for a visa.  But have you heard of the Visa Application Center (the “VAC”)?  All applicants for Immigrant Visas must first visit the VAC prior to their interviews at the embassy.  The VAC is located in Galleria 360 mall …

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Ask the Consul – What to do after you have your IV Appointment Letter?

Congratulations on reaching this stage in the process where you are invited to prepare your Immigrant Visa (IV) application package and come to the U.S. Embassy for your visa interview. This column will provide answers to many questions you may now have. It is important that you understand the requirements for each part of the …

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Ask the Consul – United States Citizen Immigration and Services Office

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services Office, USCIS, is a government entity of the United States of America that provides services related to the immigration and naturalization processes of the families of residents and citizens of the United States. USCIS also manages the first steps for the adoptions of children of other countries. Family-based immigration …

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Ask the Consul- Protect yourself

The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo wants visa applicants to protect themselves from becoming victims of visa fraud. Our “Ten cuida’o con ese Maco” campaign helps applicants to identify the macos – dishonest lawyers, travel agents, and fixers – and to understand the consequences of immigration fraud. Each year, millions of people obtain a …

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Ask the Consul – Do you get Social Security benefits?

Every year, during the month of July, the Social Security Administration contacts those beneficiaries that have an address in the Dominican Republic by traditional mail for the purpose of verifying and updating their records in the system. Form SSA-7161 and/or SSA-7162 are mailed from the Social Security office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The form must be …

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Ask the Consul – Step Registration: How can I be sure to receive important information from the embassy regarding the Dominican Republic?

Protecting the lives and interests of U.S. citizens abroad is a core mission of U.S. embassies. If you are a U.S. citizen living in or visiting the Dominican Republic, we strongly encourage you to enroll with the embassy’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program which is commonly referred to as “STEP.” By enrolling in the STEP program, …

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Ask the Consul – Understanding the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)

A Consular Report of Birth (CRBA) is evidence of United States citizenship, issued to a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents who meet the requirements for transmitting citizenship under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). CRBA applications can be made at any time before the child’s 18th birthday, but we …

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Ask the Consul – The U.S. Embassy’s Federal Benefits Unit

The Consular Section of the United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic has a Federal Benefits Unit office that provides assistance to citizens of the United States, Dominican Republic and nationals of other countries whenever they receive U.S. federal benefits. This office also provides services to these individuals when they have concerns to clarify with …

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Ask the Consul – Report of Death of a Person Holding a Social Security Number

There are people who have worked legally in U.S. territory in some way, although they are not citizens of the United States. These persons may be Dominicans or citizens of other countries who have obtained visas and temporary work permits.  They may also be, or have been, Legal Permanent Residents, refugees, among other situations. It …

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The …

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: What to do during the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application, schedule your appointment, and prepare for your visits to the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the Embassy. Now we will discuss what to expect the day of your interview. On the day of your interview, you should arrive at …

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Ask the Consul: Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: Preparing for the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , how to use www.ustraveldocs.com /do to create a profile and schedule your appointment, and how to prepare for your visit to the Visa Application Center (VAC). The next step will …

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Ask the Consul: Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: What to expect at the VAC visit

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a non-immigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , and how to use www.ustraveldocs.com to create a profile, make a payment and schedule your appointment. By following the prompts online, you’ll be informed whether you need to make an …

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Ask the Consul: Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: Payment and Appointments

In the last Ask the Consul article we discussed how to find visa information at https://do.usembassy.gov/ , how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , and how to create a profile at www.ustraveldocs.com /do. After completing those steps, you are ready to pay the application fee and schedule your appointments. Logon to www.ustraveldocs.com and open …

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Why do I have to visit the VAC at Galeria 360 before my interview?

February 13, 2017 Most visa applicants visit the Visa Application Center (Centro de Atención de Visas) or “VAC” in Galerías 360 before their Embassy appointment, or before leaving their visa for renewal to complete the fingerprint collection portion of the visa application process.  Applicants make an appointment at the VAC from their profile on www.ustraveldocs.com/do, …

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Introduction to the Consular Section

February 6, 2017 The United States and the Dominican Republic share strong economic, social, and cultural ties.  Our objective as a Consular Section is to facilitate legitimate travel between our countries. The Consular Section is located at Ave. Republica de Colombia #56, Arroyo Hondo, in Santo Domingo.  When visiting us, please remember that you only …

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Lost or stolen visas

If your valid U.S. visa has been lost or stolen, immediately notify the U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Consular Section.  In order to submit your report, please email support-dominicanrepublic@ustraveldocs.com including following documents: Report from the National Police indicating that your passport was lost or stolen; and Letter of Explanation including the date, circumstances, and location of the …

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